Pulaski County Working Toward Electronic Signatures for Legal Documents

Pulaski County CourthouseThe Pulaski County government is working to bring additional technology into use for signing documents in a timely manner.

An initial request came from Circuit Court Judge Michael Shurn for the Pulaski County Commissioners to consider approving a request for the purchase of such technology. Research started after an incident was reported where someone was out of the office whose signature was necessary on certain legal documents.

Commissioner Larry Brady says the judges, Clerk’s office, and the IT Department are conversing on the appropriate software.

“They’re working together to come up with the right program to be able to communicate with the state, with the necessary offices and allow a judge or probation officer or whoever to be able to sign-off at home using an electronic signature,” says Brady.

Once a program has been selected, it is hoped to be used in different offices for consistency and communication with different state and local law enforcement agencies.

The Pulaski County Commissioners say there are vendors who provide this service and have expressed an interest in providing set-up for the necessary departments.

Brady says communication between the departments is ongoing.

“Make sure everyone is not doing their own little program when one program can communicate with everyone,” says Brady. “Let’s just figure out which program is going to be the best.”

The cost of any such proposal is not known at this time.

The Pulaski County Commissioners Tuesday night did not take action on the proposal.